Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis to Host “Under the Clock Tower: 2017 State of Forest Park Community Gathering” on March 23

Fun, interactive and free community event will highlight the latest Forest Park improvements and provide a forum for visitor questions and input

Contact:
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290


ST. LOUIS, February 23, 2017 – The nonprofit conservancy Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis will host a public open house and program from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, in the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park. The second annual Under the Clock Tower: State of Forest Park Community Gathering will feature Park leadership from both groups discussing exciting improvement projects and answering questions from event attendees.

Under the Clock Tower — a nod to the iconic clock tower of the historic Visitor Center — will attract people from around the region to learn more about Forest Park while enjoying a fun evening in one of the Park’s historic structures. The event is free and attendees do not need to register to attend. Attendees will be able to sample Urban Chestnut’s Forest Park Pilsner, brewed in honor of Forest Park Forever’s 30th anniversary (which was celebrated in 2016), and enjoy complimentary snacks while chatting with representatives from many Park institutions. There will be information and activity stations led by the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, Forest Park Forever, Park destinations and Park partners such as Great Rivers Greenway and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.

This event will also feature the presentation of the annual Kathryn Nelson Keeper of Forest Park Award. The Keeper of Forest Park Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional energy and creativity for the benefit of Forest Park.

“Forest Park Forever and our City of St. Louis partners were so pleased to welcome more than 300 people to last year’s inaugural Under the Clock Tower event,” said Stephen Schenkenberg, Strategic Communications Director for Forest Park Forever, “and we anticipate a similar crowd this year. We are eager to share both news and historical tidbits about Forest Park, from upcoming restoration projects to the history of the Park’s waterway. We look forward to gathering so many great Park institutions in one place and hearing from the public about what’s on their mind.”

Event Schedule:

5:00-6:00 p.m. – Community Open House and Happy Hour

  • Complimentary beer from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
  • Activities and info stations led by Forest Park Forever horticulture staff, the City’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, Park destinations and Park partners 
  • Giveaways from various Park institutions

6:00-7:00 p.m. – 2016 State of Forest Park Program

  • Presentation of the Kathryn Nelson Keeper of Forest Park Award
  • A fast-paced presentation filled with project news and interesting Forest Park facts, followed by an open Q&A session with City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Director Greg Hayes and Forest Park Forever President & Executive Director Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E.

The Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center is located at 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park. Ample free parking is available in the lots just south of the building.

About Forest Park Forever

Founded in 1986, Forest Park Forever is a private nonprofit conservancy that works in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s greatest urban public parks.

Along with the City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever raised $100 million between 1995 and 2003 and dramatically restored many landmark destinations in Forest Park, including the Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box.

Today, Forest Park Forever maintains Forest Park with the City of St. Louis; raises funds for and helps manage capital restoration projects called for in the Forest Park Master Plan; delivers experiential educational opportunities to teachers, students and adults; and provides information and guides for the Park’s 13 million annual visitors. Not part of the Zoo-Museum Tax District, Forest Park Forever is supported by private donations from throughout the community, including its 7,000 members, 1,100 volunteers and many leading community and corporate partners.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforevertwitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

About Forest Park

Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, is considered one of the nation’s greatest urban public parks. The Park’s 1,300 acres feature beautiful landscapes sprinkled with forests, ecosystems, nature reserves, lakes and streams, as well as five of the region’s major cultural institutions and endless opportunities for recreation. Forest Park attracts 13 million visitors each year, making it the sixth most visited urban park in the United States. In 2016, Forest Park was voted the #1 City Park in the country by readers of USA Today.

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Forest Park Forever Welcomes Four Members to Its Board of Directors

John Kemper and Jason Thein were voted in as members in October 2016; Ellen Sherberg and Jim Turley were voted in during the January 2017 Board meeting

Contact:
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290


ST. LOUIS, February 8, 2017 – Forest Park Forever has welcomed four distinguished individuals to its Board of Directors. John Kemper, Ellen Sherberg, Jason Thein and Jim Turley join a Board that is comprised of regional leaders who all believe in the importance of caring for Forest Park now and for generations to come. These four individuals represent a wide cross-section of professional experiences and will bring great insights to the Forest Park Forever Board.

“We feel very fortunate to welcome these impressive leaders to our Board of Directors,” said Board Chairman Tom Collins. “Each of them cares deeply about Forest Park, and I know they will play a vital role in guiding our organization over the coming years.”

“I look forward to working with John, Ellen, Jason and Jim on advancing our important work here in Forest Park,” said Forest Park Forever President and Executive Director Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E. “I know they recognize what a special asset Forest Park is for our region. They will be invaluable resources to our Board during their years of service.”

Bios:

  • John Kemper – President & COO, Commerce Bank  

John W. Kemper is President and Chief Operating Officer of Commerce Bancshares, Inc., a $24 billion super-community bank holding company based in the Midwest. Previously, Kemper worked as an Engagement Manager in the New York and Chicago offices of McKinsey & Co. He is an Executive Committee member of the Regional Business Council and the St. Louis Regional Chamber. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization and the Leadership Council of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Kemper sits on the Board of Fair St. Louis and is the current Chairman of the Board of KIPP, St. Louis.

  • Ellen Sherberg – Special Advisor to American City Business Journals CEO

Ellen Sherberg previously served as publisher of the St. Louis Business Journal and continues as special advisor to the CEO of American City Business Journals, the news organization’s parent company. In her current role, she creates new platforms and programs across the country. Sherberg’s commitment to St. Louis continues through her service on the executive board of the United Way, the board of directors of Planned Parenthood, the board of Health Literacy Media and the board of the Saint Louis Community Foundation. She was elected to the Academy of Leaders of the YWCA of Greater St. Louis, served as civic chair of the NCAA Women’s Final Four and received the Trailblazer Award from the St. Louis Women’s Forum as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

  • Jason Thein – Partner, Thompson Coburn

Jason P. Thein is a partner with Thompson Coburn LLP, the largest law firm in St. Louis, with offices in Washington D.C., Chicago and Los Angeles. Thein, listed in The Best Lawyers in America and in Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers, represents high-net-worth individuals and families and their businesses on a variety of estate planning, tax, succession planning, business and charitable issues. Thein currently serves as an officer and board member of the Estate Planning Council of St. Louis, a member of the Missouri Botanical Garden Corporate Council and as one of three Advisory Committee members of the Mary Ranken Jordan and Ettie A. Jordan Charitable Foundation.

  • Jim Turley – Ernst & Young International Chair; Emerson, Citi Group boards

Jim Turley is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ernst & Young (now EY). He led the firm from 2001 until his retirement in June 2013. Turley currently serves on several corporate boards representing diverse sectors of the global economy that have a variety of financing and capital needs. These include Emerson Electric Company, Northrop Grumman, Intrexon Corporation, Kohler Company and Citigroup. Since relocating back to St. Louis after his retirement from Ernst & Young, Turley has joined local charitable Boards, including The Muny and the Boy Scouts of America Greater St. Louis Area Council, where he serves as President.

About Forest Park Forever

Founded in 1986, Forest Park Forever is a private nonprofit conservancy that works in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s greatest urban public parks.

Along with the City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever raised $100 million between 1995 and 2003 and dramatically restored many landmark destinations in Forest Park, including the Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box.

Today, Forest Park Forever maintains Forest Park with the City of St. Louis; raises funds for and helps manage capital restoration projects called for in the Forest Park Master Plan; delivers experiential educational opportunities to teachers, students and adults; and provides information and guides for the Park’s 13 million annual visitors. Not part of the Zoo-Museum Tax District, Forest Park Forever is supported by private donations from throughout the community, including its 7,000 members, 1,100 volunteers and many leading community and corporate partners.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforevertwitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

About Forest Park

Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, is considered one of the nation’s greatest urban public parks. The Park’s 1,300 acres feature beautiful landscapes sprinkled with forests, ecosystems, nature reserves, lakes and streams, as well as five of the region’s major cultural institutions and endless opportunities for recreation. Forest Park attracts 13 million visitors each year, making it the sixth most visited urban park in the United States. In 2016, Forest Park was voted the #1 City Park in the country by readers of USA Today.

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Portions of Two Key Forest Park Roads to be Reconstructed & Improved During Winter 2016/17 and Spring 2017

While sections of Government & Wells Drives are dramatically improved for greater visitor safety and enjoyment, visitor access will be restricted

Click to view larger.

Contact:
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290


ST. LOUIS, December 8, 2016 – Road closures will begin on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, for a Forest Park restoration project that is among the most requested by visitors: rebuilding and improving portions of Government and Wells Drives, which take many visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo and Saint Louis Art Museum, among other Park destinations. In recent years, visitors trying to navigate these streets by car, on bike or on foot have been challenged by crumbling roads that offer plenty of potholes, a lack of designated crossings, partial or no sidewalks and no visitor amenities.

Managed by the City of St. Louis and funded by private donations to Forest Park Forever’s current Forever capital campaign, this restoration project will dramatically improve the experience of millions of visitors and elevate the Forest Park experience to even greater heights. Highlights of this project include:

  • Completely rebuilt roads
  • New safe pedestrian crossings
  • Improved sidewalks, plus 2.2 miles of new sidewalks
  • Gathering places for visitor orientation and enjoyment
  • 29 on-street rain gardens
  • New efficient LED lighting
  • 153 newly planted trees
  • Net gain of 27 free on-street parking spaces

Project renderings by SWT Design


Construction will begin in December 2016 and is anticipated to be substantially complete in June 2017, in time for Forest Park’s busiest season. A few important notes:

  • During construction of these portions of the roads, access will be restricted.
  • The Saint Louis Zoo’s north and south parking lots will remain open during construction, accessible from the east.
  • There will be onsite signage about closures and re-routes.
  • Forest Park Forever will use its Twitter and Facebook channels, its forestparkmap.org web app and a special page on its website, forestparkforever.org/construction, to update visitors about progress and reroutes.
  • Signage and staff in the Visitor Center will communicate access information to visitors.
  • Park visitors planning to use the Skinker/Wells entrance should instead enter the Park via Lagoon off Skinker, via Tamm off Oakland or via Hampton.

“As Forest Park visitors know, these two roads have been in need of major improvements for many years,” said Greg Hayes, Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry for the City of St. Louis. “When this project is complete in 2017, Park visitors using this area will have a safer and more enjoyable experience, whether they are traveling on foot, by bike, on transit or in their cars.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the City of St. Louis to complete this significant restoration project,” said Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E., President and Executive Director of Forest Park Forever. “Millions of visitors use these crumbling roads to visit the Park’s renowned cultural institutions and natural spaces, and their experience will be dramatically improved. We are grateful to our generous donors for supporting this exciting project.” 

About Forest Park Forever

Founded in 1986, Forest Park Forever is a private nonprofit conservancy that works in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s greatest urban public parks.

Along with the City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever raised $100 million between 1995 and 2003 and dramatically restored many landmark destinations in Forest Park, including the Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box.

Today, Forest Park Forever maintains Forest Park with the City of St. Louis; raises funds for and helps manage capital restoration projects called for in the Forest Park Master Plan; delivers experiential educational opportunities to teachers, students and adults; and provides information and guides for the Park’s 13 million annual visitors. Not part of the Zoo-Museum Tax District, Forest Park Forever is supported by private donations from throughout the community, including its 7,000 members, 1,100 volunteers and many leading community and corporate partners.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforevertwitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

About Forest Park

Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, is considered one of the nation’s greatest urban public parks. The Park’s 1,300 acres feature beautiful landscapes sprinkled with forests, ecosystems, nature reserves, lakes and streams, as well as five of the region’s major cultural institutions and endless opportunities for recreation. Forest Park attracts 13 million visitors each year, making it the sixth most visited urban park in the United States. In 2016, Forest Park was voted the #1 City Park in the country by readers of USA Today.

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Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis to Host Public Open House Focused on Improving Access and Connectivity in Forest Park

The event will share findings from a 2015 survey and four-day public open house and workshop where public input was gathered

Contact:
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290


ST. LOUIS, August 16, 2016 – Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry are hosting a public open house to provide an opportunity for stakeholders and the public to review strategies for better access and connectivity in and around Forest Park. This free event will take place in the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center (5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park) on Thursday, August 18, from 4 – 7:00 p.m.; an introductory presentation will be available all evening, and a formal presentation will be given at 6:30 p.m. The study team will be available to answer questions at stations including an introduction to the study, pedestrian strategies, bicycle strategies, transit strategies, parking strategies and the long-term connectivity vision for Forest Park.

“We are excited to update the public about meaningful progress made on improving connectivity and mobility in Forest Park,” said Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E., President and Executive Director of Forest Park Forever. “Strategies and concepts shared this evening are the culmination of nine months of valuable engagement with the public and Park stakeholders. This is an important step in developing a long-term vision, in line with the Forest Park Master Plan, for improving how people get in and around this popular destination.”

Late last fall, Forest Park Forever and the City of St. Louis Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry gathered broad public input around improving walking, biking, driving and transit-riding in Forest Park. More than 1,300 community members shared experiences and ideas about getting in and around Forest Park through a public survey and a four-day open house and workshop.

On August 18, members of Forest Park Forever, the City of St. Louis and our consultants will report back to the community on what we learned from Park users and stakeholders and the key areas of focus moving forward.

“This has been a thorough process with broad public input and meaningful collaboration across a number of groups that connect here in Forest Park,” said Greg Hayes, Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry for the City of St. Louis. “This study is providing us with a fresh, wide-ranging look at how to improve the experience of all Forest Park visitors, from walkers and bikers to drivers and those riding transit.” 

About Forest Park Forever

Founded in 1986, Forest Park Forever is a private nonprofit conservancy that works in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s greatest urban public parks.

Along with the City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever raised $100 million between 1995 and 2003 and dramatically restored many landmark destinations in Forest Park, including the Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box.

Today, Forest Park Forever maintains Forest Park with the City of St. Louis; raises funds for and helps manage capital restoration projects called for in the Forest Park Master Plan; delivers experiential educational opportunities to teachers, students and adults; and provides information and guides for the Park’s 13 million annual visitors. Not part of the Zoo-Museum Tax District, Forest Park Forever is supported by private donations from throughout the community, including its 7,000 members, 1,100 volunteers and many leading community and corporate partners.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforever,  twitter.com/forestpark4ever andinstagram.com/forestparkforever.

About Forest Park

Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, is considered one of the nation’s greatest urban public parks. The Park’s 1,300 acres feature beautiful landscapes sprinkled with forests, ecosystems, nature reserves, lakes and streams, as well as five of the region’s major cultural institutions and endless opportunities for recreation. Forest Park attracts 13 million visitors each year, making it the sixth most visited urban park in the United States. In 2016, Forest Park was voted the #1 City Park in the country by readers of USA Today.

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Forest Park Forever Announces $3 Million in Tax Credits to Support Key Capital Improvement Projects in Forest Park

Tax credits will help the nonprofit conservancy leverage $6 million in donations toward its current $130 million capital campaign

Contact:
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290


ST. LOUIS, July 22, 2016 – Forest Park Forever has announced that the Missouri Development Finance Board has awarded $3 million in state tax credits to support capital improvement projects in Forest Park. The nonprofit conservancy that partners with the City of St. Louis to care for the Park, Forest Park Forever will leverage these credits to raise $6 million in private donations toward its current capital campaign, Forever: The Campaign for Forest Park’s Future. Donors taking advantage of the available credits will receive a state tax credit valued at 50% of their gift to the Forever campaign.

“We are very grateful to the Missouri Development Finance Board for this $3 million in credits and to the St. Louis Development Corporation for sponsoring our application,” said Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E., President and Executive Director of Forest Park Forever. “The Forever campaign is not only securing Forest Park’s financial future through an expanded endowment for the Park, but also advancing urgently needed improvement projects, like rebuilding crumbling roads and adding new sidewalks, improving recreational fields and completing the waterway connections started more than a decade ago. These tax credits will have a direct and immediate impact on our ability to raise the private funds necessary to complete these important projects.”

“This is terrific news and a big win for the region, its citizens and its businesses,” said Thomas R. Collins, Board Chairman for Forest Park Forever. “These tax credits will enable Forest Park Forever to match the Park’s most urgent capital improvement projects with generous donors in the community. With this destination playing such a central role in our region’s quality of life, an increasingly welcoming, accessible and beautiful Forest Park is something that will benefit our entire community.”

“Forest Park Forever has a strong record of fundraising for Forest Park and working as a Park steward in close partnership with the City of St. Louis,” said St. Louis Development Corporation Executive Director Otis Williams. “Forest Park is a key civic asset in the region, and one that is increasingly drawing national attention. We are very pleased that the MDFB awarded these state tax credits to accelerate the organization’s momentum as it completes capital projects that will improve the experience of more than 13 million visitors each year.”

Forest Park Forever formally introduced Forever: The Campaign for Forest Park’s Future in October 2015. The campaign has two central goals: Complete $30 million in strategic restoration projects called for in the Forest Park Master Plan; and expand Forest Park Forever’s endowment by $100 million, ensuring that the Park can be cared for at the level it needs today and in the coming decades. To date, the Forever campaign has raised $118 million toward its $130 million goal.

About Forest Park Forever

Founded in 1986, Forest Park Forever is a private nonprofit conservancy that works in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s greatest urban public parks.

Along with the City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever raised $100 million between 1995 and 2003 and dramatically restored many landmark destinations in Forest Park, including the Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box.

Today, Forest Park Forever maintains Forest Park with the City of St. Louis; raises funds for and helps manage capital restoration projects called for in the Forest Park Master Plan; delivers experiential educational opportunities to teachers, students and adults; and provides information and guides for the Park’s 13 million annual visitors. Not part of the Zoo-Museum Tax District, Forest Park Forever is supported by private donations from throughout the community, including its 7,000 members, 1,100 volunteers and many leading community and corporate partners.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforevertwitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

About Forest Park

Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, is considered one of the nation’s greatest urban public parks. The Park’s 1,300 acres feature beautiful landscapes sprinkled with forests, ecosystems, nature reserves, lakes and streams, as well as five of the region’s major cultural institutions and endless opportunities for recreation. Forest Park attracts 13 million visitors each year, making it the sixth most visited urban park in the United States. In 2016, Forest Park was voted the #1 City Park in the country by readers of USA Today.

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Forest Park Forever Remembers Extraordinary Civic Leader and Park Benefactor Jack Crawford Taylor

All of us at Forest Park Forever are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jack C. Taylor, a transformative and visionary civic leader and benefactor for the St. Louis region and beyond. As I was honored to learn from him over the years, Jack truly loved Forest Park. He and his family have great personal memories of the Park, from visiting the old Boathouse as kids to sledding down Art Hill to reveling in the beauty of each season’s annual displays. Yet through his generosity and leadership, Jack ensured that Forest Park would become a community treasure for all of us — a destination beloved by millions of families from every background and from around the world. Forest Park’s return to greatness is simply unimaginable without him. As the story of Forest Park continues to be written — one of joy, connection and beauty — Jack Taylor will forever be a part of it.

— Lesley S. Hoffarth, President and Executive Director, Forest Park Forever


Above: The Boathouse in Forest Park, restored through the generosity of Jack C. Taylor. (Photograph by Randy Allen)

Forest Park Forever Embraces the Use of Audio to Help People Learn About and Connect With Forest Park

New Nature Reserve Audio Tours and an Atmospheric Microsite Enable Visitors to Hear the Best of Forest Park

Contact:
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290


ST. LOUIS, June 15, 2016 – Forest Park Forever, the nonprofit conservancy that partners with the City of St. Louis to care for Forest Park, is thrilled to introduce two new audio projects to help Park visitors and fans learn about and engage with Forest Park.
 

Audio Tours of the Forest Park Nature Reserve

With support from longtime partner the Missouri Department of Conservation, Forest Park Forever has unveiled a new series of free professional audio tours that enable visitors to learn more about three sites within the Park’s 180-acre Nature Reserve system: Deer Lake Savanna, John F. Kennedy Memorial Forest and the Savanna in Kennedy Forest. Each audio tour is narrated by Fox 2's John Pertzborn. The tours have been built to be available on any device, allowing visitors to enjoy listening via their phones as they walk through the areas themselves or on their desktop computers before a trip to the Park. Tours can be accessed by visiting forestparkforever.org/audio.
 

Listenforestpark.org: A Soundtrack to Calm Your Busy Day

Listen Forest Park makes the sounds of our region’s greatest natural gem accessible no matter where you are in the world. Whether you want to tune out the office chatter and get some deep thinking done, ease an infant into sleep or simply — on a day you can’t actual visit Forest Park — summon what it sounds like, just visit Listenforestpark.org on any device. Press ‘Play’ on hour-long recordings of five iconic Park locations, including Picnic Island and the Emerson Grand Basin, and your frenzied day will suddenly feel calmer. The high-fidelity recordings were captured for Forest Park Forever in May 2016 by St. Louis company Hugmonster Sound. Later this summer, Forest Park Forever will introduce short ringtone versions of these Forest Park sounds.

“We are very excited to offer the community these new ways to experience Forest Park,” said Forest Park Forever Strategic Communications Director Stephen Schenkenberg. “The Nature Reserve Audio Tours are packed with interesting details about these special natural areas, from the flora and fauna visitors can see to how the areas are cared for. With Listenforestpark.org, we were looking for a way to let anyone around the globe improve their day by queuing up the beautiful soundtrack that Forest Park offers. With both projects, we are proud to help people form deeper connections to one of the most beautiful urban parks in the world.”

About Forest Park Forever
Founded in 1986, Forest Park Forever is a private nonprofit conservancy that works in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s greatest urban public parks.

Along with the City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever raised $100 million between 1995 and 2003 and dramatically restored many landmark destinations in Forest Park, including the Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box.

Today, Forest Park Forever maintains Forest Park with the City of St. Louis; raises funds for and helps manage capital restoration projects called for in the Forest Park Master Plan; delivers experiential educational opportunities to teachers, students and adults; and provides information and guides for the Park’s 13 million annual visitors. Not part of the Zoo-Museum Tax District, Forest Park Forever is supported by private donations from throughout the community, including its 7,000 members, 1,100 volunteers and many leading community and corporate partners.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforevertwitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

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Forest Park Forever’s 2016 Hat Luncheon Draws Record Crowd and Raises Vital Funds for Forest Park Improvements & Maintenance

KMOX News Anchor Carol Daniel emceed this year’s Hat Luncheon; event co-chairs were Susan Stith and Sara Wade of Express Scripts

Contact:
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290


ST. LOUIS, June 10, 2016 – Forest Park Forever, the nonprofit conservancy that partners with the City of St. Louis to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park, welcomed nearly 1,200 Park supporters to the World's Fair Pavilion for its annual Hat Luncheon on Thursday, June 9.

Guests of this exciting annual event donned hats and other fanciful headwear in every shape and size in anticipation of winning terrific prizes for their creative and stylish millinery, all while supporting Forest Park. Between ticket sales, sponsorships and a raffle, the event raised more than $400,000 to support critical maintenance of Forest Park.

KMOX News Anchor Carol Daniel served as Mistress of Ceremonies for the luncheon, which culminated with the Stifel Hat Contest. Winners were announced and brought to the stage in several categories including: Romantic, Whimsical, Fascinator, Vintage, Couture, Best Male Hat, Best in Show and Best Table Theme.

This year’s Hat Contest was judged by an esteemed group of stylish St. Louisans, including Debra Bass, St. Louis Post-Disptach; Jill Firns, Blogger & Freelance Fashion Writer; Micaela Hasenmueller, ALIVE Magazine; Jennifer Ingram, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts; Linda Kuenzie, Macy's - West County; Chajuana Trawick, Lindenwood University; Monica Tyson, Clare's of Clayton Salon; and Pat Whitaker, St. Louis Fashion Fund. The winners were:

  • Romantic: Rochelle Jones, Eva Fraser and Seqwana Pryor
  • Whimsical: Anna Leavey, Julia Crump and Jeannette Harris
  • Vintage: Latanya Reeves, Kathy Dabrowski and Barb Valentine
  • Couture: Chelsey Oliver, Leisa Zigman and Mia Malcom
  • Fascinator: Nan Murch, Debby Gray and Penny Ledet
  • Best Male Hat: Everett Dietle
  • Best in Show: Dawn Baker
  • Best Table Theme: Purina

This year’s sold-out luncheon, now in its 26th year, was presented by The Women’s Committee of Forest Park Forever and co-chairs Susan Stith and Sara Wade of Express Scripts.

“We are inspired by the generosity of the community members who took part in the 2016 Forest Park Forever Hat Luncheon,” said Lesley S. Hoffarth, President and Executive Director of the conservancy. “From our fantastic co-chairs and Women’s Committee members to our generous sponsors and stylish attendees, this year’s Hat Luncheon was a phenomenal success. Funds raised today will help Forest Park Forever maintain and sustain this treasured destination for its more than 13 million visitors each year.”

Presenting sponsors of the 2016 Hat Luncheon included Edward Jones, Express Scripts, Emerson and Stifel. A full list of sponsors and in-kind donors can be found at forestparkforever.org/hatluncheon.

About Forest Park Forever

Founded in 1986, Forest Park Forever is a private nonprofit conservancy that works in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s greatest urban public parks.

Along with the City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever raised $100 million between 1995 and 2003 and dramatically restored many landmark destinations in Forest Park, including the Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box.

Today, Forest Park Forever maintains Forest Park with the City of St. Louis; raises funds for and helps manage capital restoration projects called for in the Forest Park Master Plan; delivers experiential educational opportunities to teachers, students and adults; and provides information and guides for the Park’s 13 million annual visitors. Not part of the Zoo-Museum Tax District, Forest Park Forever is supported by private donations from throughout the community, including its 7,000 members, 1,100 volunteers and many leading community and corporate partners.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforevertwitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

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Forest Park Forever to Bestow 2016 Hiram W. Leffingwell Award to Edward Jones

Award Will Honor the St. Louis-based Firm’s Significant and Sustained Support of the Region’s Greatest Civic Treasure

Contacts: 
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager, Forest Park Forever | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290

Regina DeLuca-Imral, Senior Media Specialist, Edward Jones | regina.deluca-imral@edwardjones.com | 314.515.3050


ST. LOUIS, May 12, 2016 – Forest Park Forever, the nonprofit conservancy that partners with the City of St. Louis to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park, will bestow its 2016 Hiram W. Leffingwell Award to financial-services firm Edward Jones.

The award presentation will occur in the Jewel Box on May 19 at a gathering of the organization’s Leffingwell Society, its leadership donor group. Forest Park Forever President and Executive Director Lesley S. Hoffarth, P.E., and Board of Directors Chairman Thomas R. Collins will present the award to Jim Weddle, managing partner for Edward Jones.

Forest Park Forever bestows this award annually to a corporation, foundation or individual who has made a significant contribution of time, talent or resources to the restoration and maintenance of Forest Park. The award is named for Hiram W. Leffingwell, one of the earliest supporters of Forest Park after its founding in 1876.

For nearly two decades, Edward Jones has been a leading donor of Forest Park Forever, contributing more than $1 million to support the organization’s efforts across restoration, beautification, maintenance and education. The firm was one of the earliest corporate donors to support the Park’s initial restoration in the late 1990s and has continued with steadfast support today. For more than a decade, Edward Jones has been a leading sponsor of Forest Park Forever’s celebrated Hat Luncheon, which takes place each June.

“We are incredibly grateful to Edward Jones for the firm's significant and sustained support of Forest Park Forever,” said Lesley S. Hoffarth, President and Executive Director of Forest Park Forever. “Since 1998, the firm has been a true corporate leader in investing in the community treasure that is Forest Park. Edward Jones’ generosity has helped Forest Park become one of the most beautiful and beloved parks in the country, as well as a place where every community member can feel at home.”

“Forest Park is a natural oasis and great treasure in our city. We are proud to support the vision of its founders who recognized the importance of preserving this space for all of us to enjoy,” said Edward Jones Managing Partner Jim Weddle. “We believe in giving back to St. Louis by helping to improve the quality of life for everyone.”

About Forest Park Forever

Founded in 1986, Forest Park Forever is a private nonprofit conservancy that works in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s greatest urban public parks.

Along with the City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever raised $100 million between 1995 and 2003 and dramatically restored many landmark destinations in Forest Park, including the Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box.

Today, Forest Park Forever maintains Forest Park with the City of St. Louis; raises funds for and helps manage capital restoration projects called for in the Forest Park Master Plan; delivers experiential educational opportunities to teachers, students and adults; and provides information and guides for the Park’s 13 million annual visitors. Not part of the Zoo-Museum Tax District, Forest Park Forever is supported by private donations from throughout the community, including its 7,000 members, 1,100 volunteers and many leading community and corporate partners.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforever,  twitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

About Edward Jones

Edward Jones, a FORTUNE 500 firm, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 13,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients. Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2015," is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones website is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting website is www.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC.Connect with us at, mobile.twitter.com/edwardjoneslinkedin.com/company/edward-jones and youtube.com/user/EdwardJonesVideo

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Forest Park Forever Announces Selected Artists for its First-Ever Artist in Residence Program in Forest Park

This program celebrates Forest Park Forever’s 30th anniversary through the creative output of talented artists

Contact: 
Katy Peace, Marketing & Digital Media Manager | kpeace@forestparkforever.org | 314.561.3290


ST. LOUIS, April 25, 2016 – After launching an open call for artists of all disciplines, an esteemed jury has selected three artists/collectives to participate in the brand new Forest Park Forever Artist in Residence Program. Forest Park Forever received 117 applications from artists all over the country, with three St. Louis-based artists coming out on top. Forest Park Forever is excited to announce that Danielle & Kevin McCoy (WORK/PLAY)The 442s and Madeline Marak will be this year’s artists in residence. The three selected artists, whose paid residencies are funded by Forest Park Forever, will be bringing very different projects to life over the coming months:

  • WORK/PLAY’s project will focus on repurposing discarded plant materials into natural dyes for a textile piece that represents a topographical view of Forest Park.
    • Tentative dates: May 2-22
  • The 442s will create a new musical composition with the help of a donated piano and willing Park visitors and participants.
    • Tentative dates: June 6-26
  • Madeline Marak will draw attention to a tucked-away corner of the Park through the temporary installation of simple metal frames placed by members of the public.
    • Tentative dates: September 4-24

More information will be released in the coming weeks, including timelines for each residency and details about free public programs associated with each project. Visit forestparkforever.org/artists for the latest details.

“It has been truly inspiring to see artists from all over the country present proposals about what Forest Park means to their creative practices,” said Stephen Schenkenberg, Strategic Communications Director for Forest Park Forever. “We are grateful to our five jury members for approaching their task with such enthusiasm and care. From more than 115 proposals, they selected three of great range and originality. We can’t wait for the artists to get started here in Forest Park and ultimately provide our entire community with new ways to experience the region’s greatest civic treasure.” 

“We have always been drawn to Forest Park,” said WORK/PLAY’s Danielle McCoy. “The joy and serenity the Park brings to us and others in the St. Louis area affirm the significance of this opportunity. We are excited to bring an engaging project that blends our contemporary design aesthetic with the vision of horticulturists, the public and the Forest Park team.”

Artist Bios

WORK/PLAY (Danielle & Kevin McCoy)
WORK/PLAY is a multidisciplinary design duo based in St. Louis. Kevin is an alumnus of the University of Missouri St. Louis where he earned a BFA in Graphic Communication. Danielle attended Webster University where she studied International Relations. The two often use illustration and minimalist design, along with experimental printmaking practices, to create works that disseminate a message, spark dialogue and inspire an audience. Their expansive printmaking practice not only includes 2-dimensional design, but also product design that makes use of various textile techniques to create 3-dimensional surfaces. WORK/PLAY has shown their work at the Mark Miller Gallery in New York, The Sheldon Galleries in St. Louis and a host of other local galleries in the St. Louis metropolitan area. WORK/PLAY has designed and partnered with AIGA St. Louis, Knife & Flag and Glaceau VitaminWater to name a few. They continuously experiment with new techniques, seeking to push beyond the perceived boundaries of art, design and printmaking. w-o-r-k-p-l-a-y.com

The 442s
What happens when you combine two outstanding members of the world-class St. Louis Symphony with two of the city’s finest jazz musicians? You get The 442s, a genre-defying acoustic quartet named for the modern standard tuning of 442 Hz! Brought together by the innovative and inspired compositions of Adam Maness, who plays piano, guitar, accordion, melodica and glockenspiel in the group, The 442s features Shawn Weil on violin, Bjorn Ranheim on cello and Sydney Rodway on bass. For the Forest Park Forever residency, they will be joined by percussionist and frequent collaborator Montez Coleman. This unique collaboration, formed in the Spring of 2012, combines outstanding musicianship, group singing and inventive improvisation, all while breaking down barriers between jazz, classical, folk and pop music. The 442s were born of a common musical inquisitiveness and a search for new and exciting musical possibilities and collaborations. This search has taken them to venues and concert series throughout the Midwest, including Powell Symphony Hall and Jazz at the Bistro. The 442s self-titled debut album was released in 2014 and has been featured on hundreds of radio stations across the country. Their next album, Relay, was recorded at Powell Symphony Hall and Shock City Studios and will be released in June 2016. the442s.com

Madeline Marak
Madeline Marak is a 2016 Master of Fine Arts candidate in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2013. Her hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, is the birthplace of her creative pursuits. Marak’s practice is an investigation of the experience of overlooked spaces where the built environment and natural environment are interwoven. Her work in the studio consists of arrangements of photographs and paintings. Her public sculpture work are structures that frame the space they are within, bringing attention to unnoticed outdoor spaces. The Forest Park Forever Artist in Residence Program will be Marak’s third public art project in St. Louis. postmedium.com/madelinemarak

Proposals were reviewed and the artists selected by this volunteer panel of respected arts and community professionals:

  • David Allen, director of Arts in Transit, Bi-State Development
  • Jessica Baran, director, fort gondo compound for the arts; poet and critic
  • Nichole Bridges, associate curator in charge, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas & associate curator for African Art, Saint Louis Art Museum
  • Demond Meek, photographer, demondmeek.com
  • De Nichols, community engagement manager, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

The main goals of this special project are:

  • To celebrate Forest Park Forever’s 30th anniversary by bringing attention to the Park’s natural beauty, cultural and historical significance and the work of Forest Park Forever and its partnership with the City of St. Louis
  • To embrace the Park’s existing role as one of the country’s most inspiring open-air studios
  • To provide the public with a window on the process of talented regional artists and the creative possibilities of Forest Park.

About Forest Park

Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, is considered one of the nation’s greatest urban public parks. The Park’s 1,300 acres feature beautiful landscapes sprinkled with forests, ecosystems, nature reserves, lakes and streams, as well as five of the region’s major cultural institutions and endless opportunities for recreation. Forest Park attracts 13 million visitors each year, making it the sixth most visited urban park in the United States. In 2016, Forest Park was voted the #1 City Park in the country by readers of USA Today.

About Forest Park Forever

Founded in 1986, Forest Park Forever is a private nonprofit conservancy that works in partnership with the City of St. Louis and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry to restore, maintain and sustain Forest Park as one of America’s greatest urban public parks.

Along with the City of St. Louis, Forest Park Forever raised $100 million between 1995 and 2003 and dramatically restored many landmark destinations in Forest Park, including the Emerson Grand Basin, the Boathouse and the Jewel Box. 

Today, Forest Park Forever maintains Forest Park with the City of St. Louis; raises funds for and helps manage capital restoration projects called for in the Forest Park Master Plan; delivers experiential educational opportunities to teachers, students and adults; and provides information and guides for the Park’s 13 million annual visitors. Not part of the Zoo-Museum Tax District, Forest Park Forever is supported by private donations from throughout the community, including its 7,000 members, 1,100 volunteers and many leading community and corporate partners.

Connect with us at facebook.com/forestparkforevertwitter.com/forestpark4ever and instagram.com/forestparkforever.

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